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The LPB Debate: U.S. Senate 2002, No. 2

Louisiana Senate Debates



Genre: Debate

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2002-11-25

Duration: 00:57:00

Subjects: Elections, 2002 | United States Senate election in Louisiana, 2002 | Politics | Television debates | COUNCIL FOR A BETTER LOUISIANA | Terrell, Suzanne Haik | Landrieu, Mary, 1955- | Authors | Education | United States. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 | TEACHERS | Teachers -- Supply and demand | Health care reform | HEALTH INSURANCE | Louisiana Charity Hospital System | MEDICARE | Sugar | Tariff | International trade | Taxes | Payroll tax | Balanced budget | Budget deficits | Military | National Security | War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 | Iraq War, 2003-2011 | Federal aid to the arts | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


  • Courtney, Beth Moderator
  • Erwin, Barry Moderator
  • Landrieu, Mary Panelist
  • Terrell, Suzanne Haik Panelist


A live debate held on November 25, 2002, in Baton Rouge between the run-off candidates for the United States Senate, incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu (D) and Elections Commissioner Suzanne Haik Terrell (R). The debate was moderated by Beth Courtney of Louisiana Public Broadcasting and Barry Erwin of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL). In lieu of an opening statement, both candidates were asked the following: Who is the Louisiana author you have read most recently and what insights have you gained from them? The candidates then answered questions related to the following topics: the qualified teacher provision of the No Child Left Behind Act; overcoming the teacher shortage; health care reform; reducing the uninsured population in Louisiana; the Charity hospital system; means testing for Medicare prescription drug coverage; the Bush Administration’s proposed doubling of the importation of sugar from Mexico; payroll tax cuts; making the Bush tax cuts permanent; balancing the budget; their support of a possible war in Iraq; federal funding for the arts; and economic development. The debate ended with each candidate’s closing statement